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Veterans Day freebies

Free admission
9/11 Memorial and Museum (New York, NY)
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will pay tribute to our country’s veterans during a special five-day Salute to Service from Saturday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 11. A series of events and special programs will be available on the memorial for veterans and their families, as well as the visiting public. Throughout our tribute, veterans will receive free museum admission. Veterans will also receive up to two 50 percent off museum tickets for family members during Military Family Appreciation on November 7 and November 8.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the nation’s military by displaying portraits of fallen soldiers, holding special ceremonies and offering free admission on Veterans Day for military personnel past and present.

Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)
Veterans and military personnel who show valid service ID receive free admission on November 11, 2016.

Battleship New Jersey (Camden, NJ)
The Battleship New Jersey will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on the forecastle (forward deck) of the Battleship at 11am on Friday, Nov. 11. The keynote speech will be given by WWII Navy veteran and Battleship volunteer John Quinesso. Our National Anthem and TAPS will be performed by bugler and volunteer Nan LaCourte and we will also cast a wreath into the Delaware River in memory of all veterans who have passed. The Veterans Day Ceremony is free to all guests to attend.

Birmingham Zoo (Birmingham, AL)
All veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on November 11, 12 and 13.

Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Active duty receive one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents). Retired military and veterans qualify for 50% discount on single-day tickets or on annual passes for up to five direct dependents. Join us on Veterans Day as we honor those who serve in the military. An afternoon march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans highlights the day.

Des Moines Botanical Center (Des Moines, IA)
Veterans receive free admission to the Des Moines Botanical Center in honor of Veterans Day!

Flying Heritage Collection (Everett, WA)
Free admission for veterans November 11 at Paine Field's Flying Heritage Collection.

Harley-Davidson Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
On November 11-13 Harley-Davidson Museum® will offer free Museum entry for all active military, veterans and their families*. Harley-Davidson has always been on the front line – right next to the troops. The first American to enter Germany after World War I did so on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Learn more about H-D’s military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and The Shop offer a military discount every day.
*Free entry with valid Military or Veterans ID for 1 additional adult and up to 4 children 18 years old or younger.

Killington Resort (Killington, VT)
All active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military who visit Killington will receive a complimentary lift ticket on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day (if open for skiing and riding), plus are eligible to receive a free Killington/Pico Express Card. Just present a valid U.S. military, U.S. retired military I.D., a copy of your DD214 form (photo ID required) or discharge certificate (photo ID required) at the Snowshed or Ramshead Sales Center or K-1 Guest Services.

Knotts Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA)
Military Tribute Days are November 1 - 18 and November 28 - December 16
Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.) Additional admission tickets may be purchased by the Military I.D. holder at a discounted rate. Discounted admission tickets are also available for purchase at local military bases.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood (Hollywood, CA)
For Veterans Day 2016, Madame Tussauds Hollywood has the following special offer:
Show your veteran ID at the Box Office now through November 14, 2016 and get free admission plus guests receive 50% off. Here is a list of the famous veterans you can meet inside Madame Tussauds Hollywood:  Disclaimer: Must show valid military ID at the Box Office. 50% offer good for up to six guests. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Veterans go free and 50% guest offers good now through November 14, 2016.  

Michigan Science Center (Detroit, MI)
Free general admission to the Michigan Science Center on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel on Veterans Day. 

Natural History Museum of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Natural History Museum of Utah will be offering free admission to U.S. military veterans and one guest each on Veterans Day.

New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo, NM)
Veterans, active duty service members, and National Guard personnel (including their spouse and up to two dependent children) are invited to attend the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo free on Veterans Day.

Newseum (Washington,DC)
Newseum is offering free admission to active duty and retired members of the United States military, plus one guest. The promotion will begin on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 13.

New York Historical Society (New York, NY)
Free admission Friday, November 11, 2016.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum ((Norwalk, CT)
The Norwalk Historical Society Museum in Norwalk, CT is honored to offer free admission to all veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016 from noon to 4:00pm. Veterans must show current ID card for active duty or retired or a DD Form 214 at the door. We hope this small token of gratitude can express our deepest thanks for the dedicated service of those who have served in the military now living in or visiting our community. The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The museum is located next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Tacoma, WA)
In celebration of Veterans Day, we are offering free admission on Nov. 11, 12, and 13 to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family members will receive half-off general admission. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, OH)
Free Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for all veterans and active military plus one guest, during the entire month of November.

Riverbanks Zoo (Columbia, SC)
Active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card receive free admission in honor of Veterans Day.

Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI)
Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation this Veterans Day with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, as well as half price admission for up to three immediate family members (spouse and children).

Sunset Zoo (Manhattan, KS)
On Veterans Day all guests receive free admission in honor of American soldiers and their families.

Texas State Parks
In honor of both active and retired military, daily entrance fees at Texas State Parks will be waived for all visitors Sunday, Nov. 13.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial (Kansas City, MO)
Admission to the Museum is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while admission for the general public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13).

The Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
The Queen Mary is proud to offer free admission to to active service members of the armed forces, retired military personnel, veterans and special discounts for their family members. 

USACE-operated recreation areas
news release
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.

Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA)
Free zoo admission on Veterans Day for active duty military, veterans and their spouses.

World of Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA)
All active duty, reserves and retired members of the Armed Forces will receive complimentary admission to the World of Coca-Cola.

Zoo Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
On Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016, veteran, active-duty, retired and reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces enjoy FREE admission and $4 off general admission for up to six accompanying guests.

Be sure to visit Operation We Are Here's exclusive listing of organizations that offer free vacation and recreational opportunities for military veterans and their families ALL YEAR LONG! - LINK

Free bowling - Big Als (Beaverton, OR)
Veterans and active duty military enjoy FREE bowling ALL DAY LONG Friday, November 11th at Big Al’s!

Free bowling - Brunswick Zone (Lowell, MA)
We’re offering free bowling to all veterans! All veterans with valid military ID are eligible for: 2 free games, shoes included. All day, Wednesday November 11th.

​Free bowling - Main Event
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Friday, Nov. 11 – Main Event is honoring our nation’s active-duty and retired military personnel by inviting them to their nearest center between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy one FREE hour of bowling. Veterans may bring up to four guests to join in on the fun, and the super-stylish bowling shoes are included!

Free car wash - Grace for Vets
Grace For Vets is a united front of car wash operators that provide a FREE CAR WASH to veterans & service personnel each year on November 11 to honor their past and present service to their country.

The mission of Grace For Vets, a non-profit organization, is to honor those who have served or are currently serving their country. This international program unites the car wash industry each year on November 11. Whether observing Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, we unite together as a whole, and provide FREE car washes to ALL veterans and service personnel.

Free car wash - Sheetz
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​On Friday, Nov. 11, Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free 6 inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at all Sheetz locations, by presenting a military ID or proof of service. Sheetz stores that offer carwashes will also offer a free carwash to veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day.

Free car wash - Turkey Hill (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana)
news release
This Veterans Day, November 11th, Turkey Hill stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana are honoring America's heroes by welcoming active, inactive, and retired military personnel to stop by for a free 16-ounce coffee or cappuccino. And, at locations where car washes are available, they are invited to enjoy a free Ultimate Wash service. Customers can find car wash locations by visiting

Free climb - Vertical eXcape Climbing Center (Evansville, IN)
We would like to say THANK YOU to our military personnel. Come in and CLIMB FOR FREE on Friday, November 11. This pass will include a climbing day pass, gear rental, and training. Proof of past or present service is required.

Free CPR and First Aid classes - Colorado Cardiac CPR (Littleton, CO)
We here at Colorado Cardiac CPR and First Aid Training want to THANK all of our past and present military service members. We will be offering FREE CLASSES at our Littleton Office for all active or former military personal on Veterans Day 11/11/2016.
  • 9:00am-12:00pm (BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR/AED)
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm (Heartsaver Bystander CPR/AED)
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm (Heartsaver Bystander First Aid)
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm (BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR/AED)

The class includes an American Heart Association Certification good for 2 years. To sign up for one of these classes or to inquire for more information please don’t hesitate to give us a call. (720) 639-2623

Free dental care - Breton Gardens Family Dentistry (Kentwood, MI)
Veterans Smile Day November 11, 2016 - 7:30am - 5:30pm
Breton Gardens Family Dentistry will be providing a limited amount of appointment vouchers to eligible patients. Potential patients must call the office to pre-register. At this time the patient will be asked to answer a few basic health questions and provide some sort of proof of previous military service to verify eligibility. We will be providing services such as cleanings, x-rays, exams, fillings, extractions, and denture repairs. To pre-register please call our office at 616 455-0720. You must be registered by noon on Friday November 4 to receive an appointment voucher. 

Free dental care - ISAAC Knapp Dental Hygienists’ Association (Fort Wayne, IN)
ISAAC Knapp Dental Hygienists’ Association will provide dental exams, x-ray and cleaning to veterans from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The first 120 vets who have proof of service will be scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. Appointments are set to last about an hour, but that depends on the individual needs.

Free flu shot - American Family Care
news release
American Family Care (AFC) will offer military veterans free flu shots on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.

Free gym access and free training class - UFC Gym
UFC GYM® will celebrate the upcoming Veterans Day holiday by offering active duty and veteran military personnel as well as their families VIP status at more than 130 locations across the United States from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13. 

During this celebratory weekend, VIP attendees will receive total gym access, including a special ‘Bootcamp’ themed Daily Ultimate Training® (DUT®) class on Saturday, November 12. The 50-minute class is designed to challenge participants of all fitness levels and will include a variation of exercises often used in military training. For this specific class, all sessions will also be offered using body-weight based exercises, making it easy to execute in any setting.

Due to limited spacing, attendees are encouraged to contact their local club for more information. Please visit your local club at for the time slots offered for this class.

Free haircut - Great Clips
Stop in for a haircut at any Great Clips in the U.S. on Friday, November 11, and you’ll receive a free haircut card to gift to a veteran. Veterans can also visit any U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to get either a free haircut that day or to pick up a free haircut card to use later.  

Free haircut - Hair Cuttery
news release
This Veterans Day 2016, Hair Cuttery is giving back to former service men and women through its Share-a-Haircut program.

For every adult haircut purchased on Veterans Day, a free haircut certificate will be donated back to a veteran in communities local to Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 locations. In each market, Hair Cuttery will partner with local veterans' organizations to reach those in need through the donation of haircut certificates.

Free haircut - Sports Clips
On Veterans Day, November 11, participating Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to all active duty military and veterans (with valid ID.)

Free lodging - (bed and breakfasts)
The Salute Our Heroes specials celebrate the active and retired military, vets and their loved ones; offering a free night of stay on Veterans Day (US) and Remembrance Day (Canada) – all other Salute Our Heroes room-rate specials can run year round. Please provide the innkeeper with proof of service when checking in. Finally, some much needed R&R (Rest & Recognition)!

Free lodging - B&Bs for Vets (bed and breakfasts)
Over the past few years hundreds of B&B’s and inns across the United States and Canada have offered active and retired veterans free lodging for one night on or around Veteran’s Day. This program was started by Kathleen Panek, a West Virginia Innkeeper, and was appropriately named B&Bs for Vets. This year, the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP) will manage, coordinate and publicize the B&Bs for Vets program to honor our hard working military in partnership with organizations including the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII),,.’s Salute Our Military Offers, and

All innkeepers have been asked to participate in the 2015 B&Bs for Vets program by offering a Vets-PrescottPinesBandB-Prescott, AZminimum of one room for one night and totally free. Innkeepers will give their free rooms away on Tuesday November 10, 2015 or Wednesday the 11th (Veteran’s Day). Some innkeepers may offer more free nights – this will be noted in their descriptions.

All veterans and active military interested in participating in B&Bs for Vets must show proof of military service in order to qualify for free rooms. Additionally, all cancellation policies will be in effect at participating properties. Thus, vets and active military may be asked for a credit card to hold the reservation, and in the event of a no-show, the inn/B&B’s cancellation policy will apply.

Free movie - iPic Theaters
 Veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary ticket on Veterans Day. Show proof of service with U.S. uniform identification or be in uniform. Offer cannot be reserved online.

Free oil change - Meineke
This Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, all veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE Basic Oil Change* at participating Meineke locations.

Free popcorn - Carmike Cinemas
Show your Military ID at Carmike this Veterans Day (November 11th) and receive a FREE small popcorn with your ticket purchase!

Also on Veterans Day, November 11th, be one of the first 100 customers at your local Carmike to purchase a ticket for Hacksaw Ridge and receive an American Flag pin.

Free (bus) travel - Jefferson Lines
Jefferson Lines is proud to announce free bus travel on any Jefferson Lines schedules to all active military members and veterans in honor of Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. Jefferson Lines is proud to support those who have served and are currently serving in all military branches.

Veterans and active military members can attain these free tickets anytime up to and including November 22, 2016. Free tickets are available for travel departing on November 4th through November 22nd for both one-way and roundtrip tickets. Veterans and active military members are welcome to return on a different date for roundtrip tickets anytime through December 31, 2016.

Free wedding gowns - Brides Across America
Brides Across America nationwide event dates November 2016.
*All brides must pre-register online

Free wills clinic
​The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) and the Elderlaw Project (ELP)  at the City Bar Justice Center (the not-for-profit section of the New York City Bar Association) has recently initiated wills clinics for veterans. The program provides free estate planning assistance for eligible veterans. The next clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:00p.m. in midtown Manhattan.

No fee on domestic money transfer - Western Union
Western Union is offering consumers the opportunity to make U.S. domestic money transfers — and transfers to and from U.S. military bases around the world where Western Union has a retail Agent location — for zero fee on Veterans Day using promo code HERO. These fee-free transactions, with no dollar amount limit, can be made online at, with the Western Union app or at one of their 47,000 participating U.S. Agent locations.


Free restaurant meals, coffee and more
It is recommended that you call ahead to see if your local restaurant is participating in these offers. Visit this page often! I am continually adding new restaurants as the promotions are being announced.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
news release
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is offering a complimentary small order of Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese to any active or former United States Armed Forces personnel on Friday, November 11. In addition, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants will be dropping off complimentary lunch to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Centers in the brand's regions throughout Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. 

Veterans and active duty military eat a free signature entree at Applebee's on November 11, 2016.

new release
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is saluting America’s veterans with a free meal this meal this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016 all day at all Pennsylvania locations. All veterans and troops will receive one complimentary item from a fixed menu including some of Arooga’s favorites.

Baker's Square
Show military ID or proof of military service and choose from 3 breakfast options for free on Veterans Day.

Bar Louie
news release
Bar Louie plans to honor active and retired members of the U.S. military with a free entrée on Veterans Day Friday, November 11, 2016 at all its locations nationwide (110+ locations). Offers are dine-in only.

Ben's Soft Pretzels
Ben's Soft Pretzels is offering veterans one free regular Jumbo Soft Pretzel on Veterans Day (11/11). 1 per veteran please. Participating locations.

BJ's Restaurant
Veterans receive a free entree under $12.95 on Veterans Day 2016. Must present military ID.

Bob Evans
news release
Bob Evans will honor veterans with a choice of select free menu items on November 11, 2016, at all Bob Evans restaurants. Along with serving a free meal on Veterans Day, Bob Evans is also offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans and active duty military from November 12 through December 31, 2016, for dine-in and carryout purchases.

news release
Veterans and active duty military receive a free buffet on from 4pm to close on November 11, 2016.

Bricktown Brewery
Veterans receive a free meal (up to $14) on November 11, 2016. Veterans will also receive a $10 gift certificate for their next visit. This promotion is valid at all locations excluding Remington Park Race Track and Casino.
Locations include: Oklahoma City, OK; Shawnee, OK; Edmond, OK; Owasso, OK; Tulsa, OK; Ft. Smith, AR; Wichita, KS.

Bricktown Tap House & Kitchen
Veterans receive a free meal (up to $14) on November 11, 2016. Veterans will also receive a $10 gift certificate for their next visit. This promotion is valid at all locations.
Locations include: Wichita Falls, TX and El Paso, TX.

Buffalo Wild Wings
news release
All day long on Friday, November 11, 2016, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the U.S. will provide a complimentary order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active duty military to thank them for their dedication and service. At participating locations.

Buffalo Wing Factory
10 free wings or bites for active or retired military on Wednesday, November 11, 2016 from 11am to 10pm. All locations. Dine in or carry out.

Burntwood Tavern
All veterans and active military receive a free lunch or dinner on Veterans Day 2016.

California Pizza Kitchen
news release
On Friday, Nov. 11, California Pizza Kitchen invites veterans and active military to enjoy a complimentary entrée from a special Veterans Day Menu at all participating restaurants nationwide.

In honor of Veterans Day Friday, November 11th, Cattlemens Steakhouse is inviting all active, inactive, and retired military personal to enjoy a complimentary 8 oz. Sirloin Steak dinner.

CentraArchy restaurants (California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse '47, The Tavern at Phipps, California Roadhouse)
CentraArchy is showing its gratitude this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, by honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a FREE entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family.

Chicken Salad Chick
news release
​On Friday, Nov. 11, veterans who present proof of service in the form of an ID Card will receive one sandwich or scoop of their choice of chicken salad, one side, a pickle spear, cookie and a drink.

Veterans and active duty military receive a choice of any lunch combo, or a choice of a dinner meal from a select menu on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016 at participating locations.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion from 3:00 p.m. to close on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016. BOGOs will be offered to all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID, at all restaurants in the US from 3:00 p.m. to close, local time, on Veterans Day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

Claim Jumper Restaurant and Saloon
Claim Jumper is honoring veterans on Monday, November 14, 2016 with a complimentary meal from their Veterans Day menu. (select locations)

Coffee Beanery
news release
​Participating Coffee Beanery locations across the country will offer a free tall cup of fresh brewed coffee all day on November 11th. Veterans and active duty military will need to provide their military identification for the offer.

Country Cookin
Country Cookin honors active, reserve, and retired military personnel on Troop Appreciation Tuesday (usually the Tuesday nearest Veteran's Day) by providing them with free meals. 

Cracker Barrel
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This Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® will show its appreciation for the U.S. military by offering veterans a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert.

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This Veterans Day, Denny's is honoring America's heroes by inviting active, inactive and retired military personnel to stop by for a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2016, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
news release
Veterans who eat at Dickey’s can enjoy a delicious free meal which includes a sandwich, side and a Big Yellow Cup, up to a $12 total value. As a thank you to the families and loved ones of the veterans, Dickey’s is also offering anyone in the party that dines with a veteran a free iconic Big Yellow Cup with purchase. The special will last from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 11.

El Fenix
news release
This Friday, November 11, El Fenix invites all active-duty and retired members of the U.S. military to choose from three different meals – each compliments of the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine.

El Torito
news release
All active and retired military personnel select one complimentary item from a special Veterans Day menu featuring a 2-item combo on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Famous Dave's
On Veterans Day 2016, Famous Dave's is offering former and current military personnel a free Two Meat Salute served with a cornbread muffin and your choice  of one side. At participating locations.

Fatz Cafe
Veterans and active military get a complimentary World Famous Calabash Chicken Meal on November 11, 2016.

54th Street Grill & Bar and 54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse
54th Street Grill & Bar and 54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse will be offering a free entrée for veterans and active duty military on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Figaro's Pizza
news release
On Veterans Day, November 11th, any current or former member of the U.S. armed forces will be provided a complimentary medium 1-topping pizza at participating Figaro's Pizza restaurants, upon request.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, serving American classic cuisine, is honoring active military and veterans by treating them to a free lunch or dinner entrée on Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day). Customers just need a valid form of military ID or they can wear their uniform to any Firebirds location. If you dine with family or friends on this special day, the complimentary entrée will be whichever entrée is of lesser value.

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Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2016.

Golden Corral
Free dinner buffet for veterans and military personnel on November 14, 2016 from 5-9 pm.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Green Mill honors our military on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016 with a free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer is available for dine-in only and only at participating locations.

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This Veterans Day, Hooters invites all active-duty and retired military nationwide to enjoy a free meal as a “thank you” for their service. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, all veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy an entrée on the house.

Hurricane Grill and Wings
news release
Complimentary meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active duty from a select menu on Veterans Day at participating locations.

Many Hy-Vee stores celebrate Veterans Day each year by offering a free breakfast buffet to all veterans and active-duty military members as a way of thanking veterans and military members for their service. Hy-Vee typically serves more than 80,000 veterans and their guests each year at their in-store dining facilities or restaurants. Many stores offer planned programs, displays, entertainment or other activities to complement the breakfast event.

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On Veteran’s Day, November 11, participating IHOP restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7am to 7pm. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion for retired and active duty military personnel.

JJ's Red Hots
news release
JJ’s Red Hots is putting a no limits sign on its menu for our nation’s veterans and troops, with a free meal including unlimited hot dogs, sausages, sides and non-alcoholic drinks all day on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.

Johnny Carino's (Greenwood, IN)
Retired, active duty, National Guard and Reserve veterans eat free from a special menu w/ over 19 entrees to choose on Wednesday, November 11, 2016 from 11am - 11pm.

Krispy Kreme
A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personal (no ID required) on November 11, 2016 at participating U.S. Krispy Kreme stores only and is subject to product availability.

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From opening until 11 AM, on Wednesday, November 11, 2016, all active and retired military can receive a free sausage biscuit.

LaMar's Donuts
LaMar's Donuts is offering veterans and active duty military a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Veterans Day 2015.

Little Caesar's Pizza
news release
Little Caesars® Pizza is offering all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m, at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

Max & Erma's
On Friday, November 11, 2016, veterans eat a free 3-course combo (Best Cheeseburger in America) at participating Max & Erma’s locations.

McCormick & Schmicks
news release
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will thank U.S. military veterans and Gold Star family members by offering them a complimentary lunch or dinner on Sunday, November 6 at all 56 locations.

McDonald's Restaurants (southern California)
news release
This Veterans Day, McDonald's of Southern California is honoring our troops with two classic food staples—fries and apple pie. On 11/11, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., active and retired military are invited to receive their choice of a medium-sized McDonald's World Famous Fries® or Baked Apple Pie for free at participating Southern California locations.

McDonald's Restaurants (greater Philadelphia region)
news release
​McDonald's® Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region are honoring all veterans and active-duty service members this Veterans Day by offering a free All Day Breakfast Extra Value Meal® throughout the day on Friday, November 11 as an extension of the McDonald's Real Heroes initiative that seeks to give back to teachers, law enforcement, first responders and service members for all they sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe.

Menchie’s is offering all active and retired military personnel their first 6 ounces FREE this Veterans Day: Friday, November 11. To claim the offer, military members will need to present a valid military ID at the time of purchase.

Mission BBQ
Mission BBQ  is offering veterans and active duty military a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.

Outback Steakhouse
Military enjoy a free Bloomin' Onion® and beverage* at your local Outback Steakhouse on November 11. To show continued support for our troops beyond Veterans Day, Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check from Nov. 12 - Dec. 31.*

Plus, the Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill Challenge Coin can be purchased now through Dec. 31 at, and one hundred percent of proceeds from the sales go directly to Folds of Honor. As a token of appreciation for the donation, guests who present the Challenge Coin at participating Outback Steakhouse or Carrabba’s Italian Grill restaurants can redeem a free Coca-Cola product anytime in 2016.*
*Participation may vary by location.

Paradise Hills Resort and Spa (Blairsville, GA)
Free wine tastings for all law enforcement, firefighters, military and their guests. Retired and Active.

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Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will offer a free Magnificent Seven® meal to U.S. military both past and present on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. (participating locations)

Pizza Schmizza
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​On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th, between 1 and 4 p.m., any current or former member of the U.S. armed forces will be provided a complimentary slice of pizza, upon request at participating locations.

Ponderosa Steakhouse
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Veterans and active duty military are offered a free buffet on November 11, 2016 from 4pm to close.

Primanti Bros.
On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans and active duty military get a FREE Primanti Bros. Sandwich; 4PM to close, at participating locations.

Red Hot and Blue
Veterans and military personnel receive a free meal with the purchase of two drinks and a second entree of equal or greater value on Veterans Day 2016 at participating locations. The buy-one-get-one-free meal offer is available for three days: November 9, 10 and 11, 2016. Coupon required.

Red Lobster
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To thank veterans, active duty military and reservists for their service, Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert, Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11.

Red Robin
Red Robin is inviting all veterans and active duty military members to enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.  

Rib Crib
On Veterans Day all veterans and active-duty military eat free at participating locations.

Rock & Brews
On Veterans Day, November 11, Rock & Brews is offering veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich. Participating locations.

Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday is offering veterans, active duty and reserve service members a free appetizer on Veterans Day.

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, Salty’s is giving away a slice of Salty’s famous White Chocolate Mousse Cake and a $20 gift certificate for a return visit, when veterans show their service card.

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​On Friday, Nov. 11, Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free 6 inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at all Sheetz locations, by presenting a military ID or proof of service. Sheetz stores that offer carwashes will also offer a free carwash to veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day.

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Shoneys is offering all veterans and active duty military a free All-American Burger on November 11, 2016.

Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans and active duty service members a free lunch on
Wednesday, November 11, 2016. Choose one of ten entrees and a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee.

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TGI Fridays is offering veterans and active duty military a free lunch at participating locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Turkey Hill (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana)
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This Veterans Day, November 11th, Turkey Hill stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana are honoring America's heroes by welcoming active, inactive, and retired military personnel to stop by for a free 16-ounce coffee or cappuccino. And, at locations where car washes are available, they are invited to enjoy a free Ultimate Wash service. Customers can find car wash locations by visiting

Twin Peaks
On November 11, 2016 – All military men and women (past and present), enjoy a FREE menu item from our annual Veterans Day appreciation menu.

Village Inn
Village Inn is offering a complimentary breakfast for all for active duty and
 veterans on Veterans Day. (At participating locations)

White Castle
All past and current members of the U.S. military will receive a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo Meal #1-6 on November 11 at participating White Castle restaurants.

YMCA - Veterans Day Breakfast (Witham Family branch) (Lebanon,IN)
Veterans and guests, join us for a free  breakfast and ceremony in honor of those who have served on Friday, November 11 from from 7:45am-9:00am. For questions or to RSVP call 765-482-9622.

YMCA - Veterans Day Breakfast (Westerly-Pawcatuk branch) (Westerly, RI)
The YMCA would like to invite all veterans, service members and family to to our continental breakfast to honor their service and sacrifice.No registration necessary. Wednesday, November 9 from 8:30am-11:30am. Contact Kristen Carlson for more information 401-596-2894 or


Veterans Day 2017 giveaways and contests

​ announced today that it will be launching brand new military appreciation giveaway aimed at the brave men and women of the U.S. military and their loved ones in honor of Military Family Appreciation Month. Five winners from every branch of the military will be chosen to each receive a $500 hotel voucher. 

Tim Hentschel, CEO of, states: 
“We are conducting this giveaway as a way to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and dedication that both active service members and veterans have contributed to our nation. Our hope is that this will give a few lucky winners the opportunity to visit family or the chance to enjoy some leisurely travel time with family.”

Starting today, active duty or veterans can enter to win the “HotelPlanner Salutes Military Families Giveaway” by simply clicking here and filling out the entry form. Military family members also have the opportunity also nominate an individual. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EST, November 30, 2016. The winners will be selected on December 5, 2016 and notified by email on that day.

Promotional Rules: The $500 voucher may be used at any hotel available on the website and must be booked only through HotelPlanner. The room voucher must be used solely by the winner within 1 year of being awarded the voucher. The voucher is available for rooms only and may only be used for a single reservation. If there are funds remaining, they cannot be used on a second reservation or redeemed for cash. If the hotel reservation exceeds $500, the winner must pay the difference.

Sleep Number

America sleeps easier at night, knowing that our service members and their families are keeping them safe. Now it’s their turn. Submit your story about a deserving military family and one lucky family will win a Sleep Number Bed!

Now through November 30th at 11:59 p.m., we are accepting nominations for a deserving military family to win any size Sleep Number® i8 mattress set, modular base plus Comfort ServiceSM home delivery, setup, and removal (where available). Prize valued up $4879.98.

Westgate Resorts
For the sixth year, Westgate Resorts is continuing the company tradition of honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away 1,000 free vacations on Veterans Day. For the first time, the complimentary vacations will be part of an exclusive weekend-long celebration specifically for current active duty military personnel who have served in combat and their families as well as Gold Star families at Westgate Town Center Resort in Orlando, Florida from May 5-7, 2017.

Check back on November 11 at 9 a.m. EST to request your FREE vacation.

The first 1,000 eligible service members who complete the online military appreciation form and place a fully refundable $75 deposit will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation for up to four people at Westgate Town Center Resort from May 5-7, 2017.

All eligible military personnel and families will receive complimentary accommodations in a spacious villa, access to special activities and events including live entertainment, a pair of passes to Westgate Town Center’s Shipwreck Island, the resort’s exclusive on-site waterpark, as well as access to resources that support veterans, all free of charge.

In addition to the 1,000 complimentary vacations, Westgate Resorts will offer a special 25 percent savings on Veterans Day for rooms across their entire portfolio of 28 properties for all U.S. military veterans.


Veterans Day 2017 discounts

Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES)
Honoring Veterans on November 11th at Exchange stores around the world. Celebrations, tastings, free offers, great deals and more at your local Exchange.

Exchange deals:
  • Free coffee
  • Free Charley’s fries
  • Popeye’s 8 pc bucket: $5.99 - $6.99

AvaCare Medical
Throughout the year, we offer a 10% discount to veterans and their family members, as well as Hero Rewards, which offers veterans the opportunity to win a $250 gift card in one of our triannual drawings by sharing their story with us. In honor of Veterans Day, we'll be spicing things up big time by donating $3 from every veterans order - on top of the usual 10% discount - to Achilles International, an organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans.

Bed Bath and Beyond
IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY - U.S. Armed Forces Appreciation Event!
Thursday, November 10th - Sunday, November 13th
 25% off your entire purchase. In-store only. U.S. military ID required at time of purchase.

Choose Branson Deals
Veterans Package -- Retail value of this package is $275.00 but you can enjoy this package for only $99.00!

Branson honors all veterans and their families! Branson is a unique and special place because we honor veterans all year long but we want to take this opportunity to show just how much we appreciate them and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Up to 4 passes to the Veteran’s Museum OR the Titanic Museum
  • $50.00 refund
To take advantage of this great offer you must travel by November 20, 2016.

Dell Military
Veterans Day flyer 
Dell Military offers all military (and prior service) and their families discounts year round on our site For this Veterans Day we are offering an additional 15% off listed prices and everything on our site ships free.

Dollar General
Eleven percent discount on November 11 for active duty and veteran military members and their families.

fred's Pharmacy
Veterans, active duty armed forces personnel, reservists and their immediate family members can visit any fred's Pharmacy location and simply show any document of proof of military service and valid ID upon checkout to receive their 15 percent discount. Certain exclusions may apply, such as gift cards, phone cards, beer (where available) and prescriptions.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Golden Nugget Atlantic City celebrates our veterans on Friday, November 11. Simply show your military ID for 20% off:
  • Restaurants: Lillie's Asian Cuisine, Grotto, Michael Patrick's & The Buffet
  • Spa & Salon: Any 50 or 80 minute treatment
  • Retail: Style & Trend, 1946, Tint, Cool Jeans, d'Oro, The Signature Shoppe & Essentials

Must show valid Military ID at purchase for eligibility. Retail discount not valid on sale items, tobacco, alcohol or comp purchases. Dining offer not valid with any other offer or LSC points and does not include alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included. Discount valid on Friday, November 11, 2016. Management reserves all rights to change or cancel at any time.

LeafFilter Gutter Protection
Leaffilter Veterans Day promotion
LeafFilter Gutter Protection seeks to provide the best gutter cover solution paired with an outstanding customer service experience from beginning to end. Once installed, homeowners will never have to climb the ladder again to clean their gutters again! As the #1 rated gutter protection system, LeafFilter is proud to offer the best product, right along with the best service. We offer year-round military discounts to active military personnel and veterans and will be running a special promotion on Veterans Day.

We are offering military members and families $300 off the installation of LeafFilter and a free estimate. Download the coupon & request a free estimate. The offer is valid until November 20. No military ID required.

Myrtle Beach Resorts
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Several oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts are preparing to offer a discount this Veterans Day for stays that are booked on November 11, 2016, by military members.

Military members can receive up to 40% off when booking their Myrtle Beach hotel stay on Veterans Day. For vacations booked under this deal on November 11, military members will receive a 10% discount off the participating resorts' best available rates, including most summer stay dates, with total savings of up to 40% off.

The discount is available for active-duty military, current Guard/Reserves, veterans, retired service members as well as current and retired military spouses.

As a small way to show our gratitude for your service, veterans, military personnel, and their families are invited to save 10% on groceries on November 11, 2016.

This offer excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. Customer is responsible for all applicable taxes.

Please present one of the following at purchase: Veteran ID card, military ID card, discharge document, or a driver’s license with veteran designation.

Scottsdale Bullion and Coin
Scottsdale Bullion & Coin will be honoring veterans and active military members by offering them an exclusive 1% discount on all purchases made between November 9 and November 11, 2016.

Additionally, all throughout the month of November, we will show our appreciation to veterans for their service to our country by donating a portion of all profits to the American Service Animal Society (ASAS). The American Service Animal Society is a nonprofit organization who enables disabled veterans to live a more productive life through the use of service animals. To learn more about the ASAS and/or donate, Click Here.

Sleep Numbrer
SAVE $500 - $700 on selected Sleep Number® mattresses. PLUS TAKE AN EXTRA $100 OFF* ANY MATTRESS. Offer valid through 11/14/16. Redeemable in store, via live chat, or by calling 1-888-411-2188. Offer valid to current and past military personnel.

Sword and Plough
This Veterans Day, Sword & Plough, a new socially responsible bags and accessories brand, will be offering veterans, active personnel, National Guard members, reservists, retirees, and spouses a discount of 20% off on all Sword & Plough products, including their new offerings- a rugged new duffle bag to add to their travel collection and a new hand-hammered jewelry line made of used 50-caliber bullet casings.

Founded by two sisters (one a U.S. Army captain), Sword & Plough repurposes military surplus to create a unique and rugged line of stylish bags and one-of-a-kind accessories. All USA-made, they work with veteran-owned manufacturers every step of the way and give back by donating 10% of sales to veteran supported organizations. 

This Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, TOPS will honor an 11% discount off of a total order to all veterans and active military personnel who shop at any of our locations.

Tractor Supply Co.
This Veterans Day, customers with a valid military ID or proof of service will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase at Tractor Supply.

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Walgreens is offering a Veterans Day discount to all veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate family members. On Friday, Nov. 11, customers with a Walgreens Balance® Rewards card and valid military ID or proof of service will receive 20 percent off regular price eligible store items* at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide. A Balance® Rewards customer loyalty program membership is free and can be obtained at checkout.

World Market
To honor our U.S. Armed Forces, we are offering active duty, veterans, reserve and military spouses 25% off their entire purchase in stores from 11/10-11/13. Military ID is required at time of purchase, excludes alcohol, not valid online. See store associate for details. 


Veterans Day initiatives

America's Parade (New York, NY)
America's Parade is our country's largest celebration of service. Produced by the United War Veterans Council, it carries on the traditions of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, offering the public the opportunity to show their support for those who serve on our nation's most visible stage

HEAL Foundation (Catlett, VA)
We have room for 20 veterans to join in our "Fall-In Friday" Veteran's Day event. It will be held from 10 am - 1 pm on Veterans Day and will include an introduction to Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy and EAL sessions with the horses. We are offering this as a thank you to our local veterans, to share our resource in the local community and educate veterans about the benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. There is no fee associated with attending the event but we do ask that participants commit to attending when they RSVP as there is limited space.

RSVP to Lisa@HEAL.Foundation to receive registration forms and additional information.

Veterans Day Film Screening - Eleven
November 11, 2016, 2:00 pm at Florence Gould Theater
After discovering his late grandfather's WWII Navy journal, film director George Retelas set out to capture the stories of the remaining air men that served with his grandfather. Eleven (2016, 120 min.) is a documentary film comprised of interviews by eleven WWII veterans from Carrier Air Group 11 told entirely in their own words, as the veterans recount their Naval Aviation tours off Guadalcanal Island and aboard the USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the film's director.

This program is free after museum general admission. The Legion of Honor offers free general admission on Veterans Day to all veterans and active military personnel with military ID.

Veterans Day National Ceremony
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day Run
Our mission is to say "Thank you" to the men and women who have served or are currently serving to defend our country. These men and women often make great sacrifices to secure our freedom and Veterans Day is one day designated each year where we get to pause and say "Thanks".

Please join us in this mission and make the National Veterans Day Run a part of your Veterans Day weekend activities. Register for the 2016 Veterans Day Run today!

Veterans Day WOD (Workout of the Day) with Veterans
WOD for Warriors is held yearly on the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans in a meaningful way within their own communities.
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